It's a bird, it's a plane... no, it's the Tigers winning again
As it is in sports, sometimes you’re the underdog. Recently on campus, that hasn’t been such a bad thing. About a month ago, I drove to Northridge to watch Oxy’s women’s water polo team take on a nationally ranked Division 1 Cal State Bakersfield squad in the pouring rain. Bakersfield was heavily favored in the match up, but our lady Tigers came away with a stunning 13-12 overtime win that kept everyone on campus buzzing for a couple of days. Two weeks later, they took down Villanova, another Division 1 team, at home under the lights and in front of a screaming Tigers crowd. And then, just four days later, during spring break, the women’s lacrosse team got in on the mix, picking up their first win of the season by upsetting east coast powerhouse Emerson College 15-7 on the turf at Oxy in a game I announced and lost my voice from because I was so excited. I ended up spending the rest of vacation sipping green tea and sucking on throat lozenges, but it was totally worth it to have seen such an upset. But that isn’t all. This past weekend my baseball team played a three-game set against the University of La Verne Leopards, a team we’d never beaten in my three years here and one to which we were expected to lose. We were coming off a tough series sweep to Redlands the week before in which we’d played perhaps our best baseball in three years and still lost, but were still feeling fairly confident that we had a chance to beat La Verne. We ended up losing 1-0 on Friday at their place in front of a packed crowd, and dropped the first game 3-1 on Saturday morning at Oxy after a great pitching performance by our starter. In the second game, though, we battled hard and picked up our first conference win in March, and my first victory against La Verne as a Tiger. It felt pretty sweet. And what’s more is that Coach has broken his strict “no-facial hair” policy by putting in place a new “no-shaving” rule to keep the luck coming. Our whole team is starting to look like cavemen. Yesterday I was stopped in the mail room and told that I kind of resemble the Geico guy. It’s awesome! I would never want to make a habit of being the underdog, but recently on campus it seems like the Sports Gods have been smiling down upon them. Victory is sweet, but so is wearing a victory beard. Let’s hope the wins keep coming and my beard grows 'til June!